Virgil van Dijk warns Man United record signing Harry Maguire about pressure of big transfer

Sport360 staff 08:40 06/08/2019
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Liverpool defender and second most expensive central defender in the world Virgil van Dijk had words of advice for Manchester United’s record-breaking signing Harry Maguire.

The former Leicester City man was signed by United for £80 million on Monday, thus putting an end to a lengthy transfer saga.

Van Dijk was quick to warn Maguire that the high price tag comes with immense pressure. The Dutchman also advised the Englishman to play his game without paying much heed to the buzz around his transfer.

“Good luck to him,” the Liverpool defender told reporters.

“I can’t say anything about that (breaking the record) because there was always going to be a time when it was going to change. That’s the market. He doesn’t have any influence on that but I wish him well.

“The price comes with pressure but it doesn’t change too much because you always have pressure at big clubs like Man United. But I wish him well.

“It is not easy to completely shut off all the pressure. Personally, I like to put things in perspective.

“Quite a lot of things are more important than playing football and what we do, we are blessed.

“We can do what we love to do and also to play for Liverpool – they are such a big club. You need to enjoy it but the pressure will always be there.

“Just focus on doing what you love to do and play your best game. Get your qualities out of the pitch, enjoy your game and don’t think about the other things.”

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